The two-hour standoff Tuesday night at a St. Amant home forced the surrender of a fugitive who had been wanted since a failed traffic stop in November and has been known by law enforcement since 1989.
Leo Haymond III, 36, was booked on 14 counts Tuesday night by Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies. Three others were also arrested in connection to the day-long search.
Haymond has 22 prior arrests over the past 27 years ranging from armed robbery to possession with intent to distribute an array of drugs, sheriff's spokeswoman Allison Hudson said Wednesday. He had been on federal supervision since May 2015, she said.
Sheriff Jeff Wiley called Haymond a "regular offender with us."
In November, deputies tried to stop a speeding vehicle driven by Haymond in Donaldsonville. After a short pursuit, the vehicle crashed and Haymond ran off, Chief Deputy Bobby Webre said. Deputies found several stolen items, a loaded handgun, drugs and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, which tipped off U.S. Marshals that he had violated probation, Webre said.
Since that time, U.S. Marshals joined Ascension deputies in the hunt for Haymond.
The Tuesday night standoff capped a day-long search that began in Sorrento around 5 a.m. at a residence on L.V. Road. But Haymond managed to escape, running out a side door and into the woods, Webre said.
Inside the Sorrento home, deputies found Henry Christian, 48, of Gonzales, and Jessica Rogers, 32, of New Orleans, as well as marijuana, heroin and other drug paraphernalia, Hudson said. They also found two malnourished pit bull dogs in the front yard that belonged to Haymond, Hudson said.
Then a tip came in almost 12 hours later that led deputies and marshals to a residence on Highway 936 in St. Amant, Webre said. Officials worried Haymond was armed and dangerous, so they proceeded as though it were a hostage situation because a woman was inside with him, Webre said.
Ultimately, Haymond surrendered, peacefully leaving the home with Chelsie Breaux, 25.
Narcotics detectives searched the St. Amant home and found methamphetamine, marijuana and a handgun, said Webre.
Haymond, of 5258 Mercury Drive in Darrow, was booked into Ascension Parish Jail on 14 counts, including aggravated flight from an officer, possession of firearm by a convicted felon, illegal possession of stolen things over $1,500, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and two counts of cruelty to animals.
Breaux, of 1871 Highway 70 of Pierre Part, was booked on drug possession and illegal carrying of weapons.
Christian and Rogers were both booked on counts of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, heroin and schedule III drugs and illegal carry of weapons.
No bond has been set for any of these arrests as of Wednesday, Hudson said.
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